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MAKING THE FOUR-BOARD BENCH

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					                  MAKING THE FOUR-BOARD BENCH

After the material has been dimensioned, profile the
rounded ends of the top, the half round ends on the
stretcher, and the circle cutouts on the legs. This can be
done on the band saw, but because of the length of the
top, it is probably easier to cut this, at least, with a handheld
jigsaw.
Next, using a cutoff box on the table saw (or crowded
against the fence of the radial arm saw), form the dadoes
on the underside of the top. Cut the through mortises cut
using the method described in chapter twelve.
Then, on the band saw, cut the through tenons at the
tops of the legs. Because of the 1/4"-deep dado, these need
only be 9/16" long (1/2" for the tenon and 1/16" to be
sanded flush). Then, fit them into their mortises.
Next, cut the edge cross lap joints that will fasten the
stretcher to the legs. Two notches are required at each leg.
Cut one, 2 1/4" deep, in the leg panel midway between
the through tenons. Cut the other, 1" deep, into the
bottom edge of the stretcher. The extra 1/4" in the total
depth of the two notches is necessary because of the 1/4"
dado on the underside of the bench top.
Then cut the notches in the ends of the through tenons
using a fine-toothed backsaw. Drill a 1/8" hole from end
to end at the base of each notch. This will prevent the
tenon from splitting when the wedge is driven into the
notch.
After the parts have been dry-fit, glue the joints and
assemble the bench.

				
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